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					Weekly E-Newsletter

Get Connected @ MSS
Sunday, 02 November 2008

Dear Parents and Guardians
Yes, it’s Sunday, not Friday, for this week’s edition of GetConnected@MSS. I was attending a conference in Toronto from Friday to earlier this afternoon so I was not able to get our weekly e-newsletter out on its normal schedule.

What’s Happening at MSS?
Friday was Halloween and our Student’s Council spent the week leading up to the big night celebrating with a series of school-spirit (excuse the pun) activities called “Hallo-week”. There were special events in the cafeteria at lunch (including musical presentations), costume contests, pumpkin carving contests, candy sales, and the always popular nursery school costume parade on Friday. It was a lot of fun for all of us here at the school.

Take a Student to Work
If you have a Grade 9 teen here at MSS, you should have heard about this event. Each year, all Grade 9 students from across the province take part in this event. It is designed to give these students an opportunity to see what the “real world” looks like and a better insight into the world-of-work. Students have an opportunity to spend a day at their parent’s (or family member’s or friend’s) workplace to see what a 9-to-5 job looks like. It is a great opportunity to help students make connections between what they learn in school and the skills needed in the workplace. We hope that all Grade 9 students will be taking advantage of this program.

Grade 8 Students Visit MSS
While the Grade 9s are at work, we will be hosting the Grade 8 students from our family of schools in the first of three visits to MSS. The focus of this visit is to talk with teachers about the core program areas in high school (math, English, science, Canadian geography and French) and the difference between the applied, academic and locally developed courses. This is to help the students make more informed choices when the select their courses for next year. There will be two other visits; the next visit in December will provide students with the chance to learn more about their elective courses (arts, social sciences, technology) and the final visit (in the spring) is designed to introduce our incoming grade 9 students to all of the co-curricular activities that are available at MSS. In addition to these high school visits, we also schedule several visits to the elementary schools and plan a special evening in January for the parents. All of these activities are designed to make the transition from elementary school to secondary school easier and more successful.

Character Education
Each month we focus on a different character trait. The trait for October was Optimism. This week we sponsored an assembly for the student where they heard first-hand how important optimism is in our lives. Two guest speakers, not much older than some of our senior students, spoke to our teens about the struggles and challenges they had to overcome in their lives. It was a tough, gritty presentation by these presenters, and it really demonstrated how important keep up hope is whenever we are confronted by challenges. This week, we will be presenting a stage performance of the play R U UP? to our senior students. This performance looks at the issue of gambling among young people.

Sports News
Last weekend the Junior Girls Basketball Team took part in a tournament at PSS. In their first match, the Lady Marauders defeated the visitors from Bradford. They dropped the second game. Jacquie Scheffel was given the All Start Award for the tournament. On Thursday, the team played their final league game against Twin Lakes. Each quarter saw the host Marauders play stronger and more aggressive ball. However, they fell 8 points short of staging a comeback. The Senior Girls Basketball Team also competed in a tournament last weekend here at MSS. The girls played a great first game against Bradford but dropped their second game against Huntsville. The girls defeated Bracebridge in the consultation play-offs to finish in third place for the tournament. In their final league game of the season our girls dropped a heart-breaker 52-50 against Twin Lakes. On Wednesday, the Senior Boys Volleyball Team travelled to Barrie to play St. Peters in the first round of the play-offs. The Marauders handed St. Pete’s a real pummeling, picking up three straight wins and moving on to the next round of the play-offs. Congratulations to Brandon Whetham, our Boston Pizza MSS Athlete of the Week. Brandon is being recognized for his GBSSA Championship win in the recent cross-country championships. He will be heading off to OFSAA this week for the provincial championships.

Important Dates
Thursday, November 6 Term 2 begins (important for students taking the half-credit courses Civics or Careers) Remembrance Day Assembly Mid-semester Report Cards are sent home with students Grad Photographer at MSS

Tuesday, November 11 Tuesday, November 18 November 17-21

Tips for Raising Great Teens

Take the TV Out of Your Teen’s Bedroom … Now!
You’re upgrading the TV in the living room. Should you give the old set to your teen for his room? Not according to the latest research from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. It turns out that teens with TVs in their rooms are less likely to engage in other healthy activities. They exercise less. They eat fewer fruits and vegetables (but drink more soft drinks and eat more snack foods and fast foods). They spend more time in their rooms and less time with their families. That’s because they’re twice as likely to watch five hours of TV or more a day. These teens also read less. They study less. Not surprisingly they also earn lower grades than teens without televisions in their rooms. If your teen doesn’t have a TV in his room, don’t give him one. If he does have a set in his room, consider moving it to a place the whole family can share.
(See ScienceDaily, www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/0804704546.htm)

Have a great weekend

Craig Hawkins
Principal Midland Secondary School